Thomas Jefferson Elementary 

COVID-19 Information

March 19, 2020

My strong hope is that this brief newsletter finds each of you doing well, staying healthy, and managing what can be a hard and heavy emotional time as the nation works through this crisis. I also am hopeful that day 1 of online learning went well. While no technology can replace a teacher, those of you that have seen the lessons our staff put together have been again reminded, I believe, of the extraordinary dedication and skill of our teachers. I want to thank our staff once again for their incredible work and dedication in this time, a time that has no precedent in our generation.

I want to share with you that a common theme of the feedback I have heard from my staff is that seeing your children during our videoconferences has been a genuine bright spot for us. At the end of the day, beyond academic issues like curriculum, instruction, differentiation, and all those phrases of education jargon, is the shared relationship and love between teachers and kids.

While this moment in time does not require any philosophical ramblings, I think it is worth noting thinking about the issues schools have faced in the last week. We have taken steps to continue the education of kids. We have taken steps to return medication to families who keep medicine at our schools. We have taken steps to ensure that at-risk families have food. We have taken steps to ensure that families without access to the internet have wireless "mini's" that give them access to wireless networks. We have taken steps to have counselors available to our kids through videoconferences. And on and on.

It's a reminder of just how integral schools are and how many needs beyond academics they are called on to meet. That is a reality that in itself is worth acknowledging and respecting. We have been deeply gratified and touched by the affirmations, thanks, and compliments of the TJ family. Thank you very much for that.

We will absolutely get through this together. Let's continue to take care of one another and do as science advises us to do. When all this is over, we will celebrate and give thanks together.

Take good care, All. We will continue to be in touch.

FCCPS Information About Coronavirus Responses

FCCPS continues to provide updates to the FCCPS family about the division's responses to the Coronavirus emergency. Please check out https://www.fccps.org/o/FCCPS/page/covid-19-plan for updates from Dr. Noonan and other FCCPS resources and information items.

March 17, 2020

TJ Families/Familias de TJ:

Here are the online learning resources. Please read my overview letter for more details (Aquí están los recursos de aprendizaje en línea. Por favor lea mi sobre boletín para más detalles).

Overview from Mr. Swanson/Resumen del Sr. Swanson: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ez6nCOcmPeynenIGfpap0YcSrIUQigZNBDzM875WgYY/edit

Third Grade Lessons/Lecciones de tercer grado: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1suMbyYDpNWm17O8pTBE9BcmXgQT_oTyQ-k1lgxtfRi8/edit?ts=5e65571d

Fourth Grade Lessons/Lecciónes de cuarto grado: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15DMBqw1f_f79EN3oLRWUfcuc_e2NhQ7BF2p3KEgvhV8/edit

Fifth Grade Lessons/Lecciones de quinto grado: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KDk_UJgWfs-hTy2n6MQas4-e3waNMXZUOw-JMZKA2vU/edit

March 14, 2020

TJ Families:

Good afternoon! We had a great and active day here at TJ, with the families of close to 350 students coming to TJ. We truly hope the day and system were helpful to you and your students. I wanted to offer a few other tips:

1. For those of you who picked up laptops at TJ today, it might be a good idea to have your student log in tonight just to make sure everything works. If you have any problems, we will have technology specialists here in the building tomorrow from around 9:00 to noon.

2. For those of you who are planning on coming to the building tomorrow, a reminder of the following time slots:
9-11 Third Grade
11: 00-1: 00 Fourth Grade
1: 00-3: 00 Fifth Grade

4:00 Close

3. A reminder that if you have a working computer at home, you do not need to come to TJ to pick up a laptop unless you wish to do so. Any computer will work.

Take good care,

Paul Swanson


March 14, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for bringing your students by today to retrieve their laptop and school-related items. 

A few parents reported having difficulty accessing their personal wifi when logging in at home, or have received a message stating that an administrator password is required. If this applies to your student, please bring your laptop back to school tomorrow, Sunday, March 15th, between 9-4, so that our technology team can fix it for you. 

If you are planning to retrieve your laptop tomorrow, we recommend that you come early so that we can provide support should you have any problems with your wifi connection at home. You can also reach out to the respective people listed below for technology support:

Thomas Jefferson ES: Alane O'Neill, oneilla@fccps.org, Hai Le, haile@fccps.org

Mary Ellen Henderson MS: Lori Fogle foglel@fccps.org, Kim Nguyen, nguyenk@fccps.org

Thanks for your patience as we transition to e-Learning.

mARCH 14, 2020

Greetings, All! A big thanks to all of our families for their flexibility and understanding during this time of uncertainty. Thank you! 

A reminder to TJ families that we are open for business today and tomorrow IF your student needs a laptop. While we have numerous volunteers to help, if you are coming to pick up a child's laptop, it might be helpful for the child to tell you the laptop number. If they can't remember it, no problem -- we will take care of you. 

Thanks again for all your flexibility.

March 13, 2020

TJ Families:

Thank you for all of your support and patience as we work to address this public health crisis. This week we shared our FCCPS Emergency Response Plan that would be deployed should we close for more than 3-days due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately, we have arrived at that moment for our FCCPS school family. We are all taking the time to breathe and take care of each other.

As you are aware, FCCPS will be closed from Monday, March 16th through April 14th for our students. On Thursday, March 19th we will deploy our online resources for your student to begin working within Schoology. You will receive a letter via email and Schoology on Tuesday evening from TJ detailing each grade level’s daily lesson plans.

Our staff has been working hard to prepare for this as well. On Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15, our schools will be open from 9 am to 4 pm for families to pick up items. Please follow the following schedule:

Saturday, March 14 9-11 Third Grade
11:00-1:00 Fourth Grade
1:00-3:00 Fifth Grade

4:00 Close

Pick up laptops in TJ gym; pick up medicines in the health room; if needed, pick up food items in the cafeteria
Saturday, March 15 9-11 Third Grade
11:00-1:00 Fourth Grade
1:00-3:00 Fifth Grade

4:00 Close

Pick up laptops in TJ gym; pick up medicines in the health room; if needed, pick up food items in the cafeteria

This schedule was developed to help ensure everyone’s safety and support social distancing practices. During distribution please try to stay 6 feet from one another, and be kind and patient. If you cannot attend at the time assigned to your student's grade level, please come whenever is best for you between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

In order to ensure that we are able to distribute laptops, medications, and food to those students eligible for free and reduced-price meals, parents may need to visit each school that their student attends. Technology and medication pick up will occur at each child’s school while food will be available where families receive backpack program support or at the school, the oldest child attends for families who receive free and reduced-price meals.

Thank you all very much for your patience and flexibility as we work together through this situation.

Most Respectfully,

Paul Swanson